Join CoolWalks for a walk through South London’s cinemas past and present.
Learn about the evolution of movie watching from the 1880s through to its cultural peak during wartime, and its decline in the 60s.
As we thread our way through the streets we begin to witness vividly the cinema catastrophe of the very recent past when the highstreets lay littered with vacant auditoria.
Conjuring a time when South London attracted huge audiences to its cinemas – particularly to some of the large supercinemas around Elephant & Castle.
Finally we will make a poignant stop at the Coronet before enjoying hospitality at the Melodramatic Elephant in the Haunted Castle exhibition, hosted at CoolTan Arts new home in the old Newington Library.
What will the future hold for cinema going in our new urban landscape?